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EU Commission proposal to delay MDR implementation

The European Commissioner for Health has announced that the European Commission is working on a proposal to delay the implementation of the new medical devices regulation by 12 months due to COVID-19.

On the 25th of March the Commission announced that work on a proposal to postpone the date of application for the Medical Device Regulation (MDR) for one year is ongoing. The decision was reached with patient health and safety as a guiding principle. 

The Commission is working to submit this proposal in early April for the Parliament and the Council to adopt it quickly as the date of application is the end of May. This decision will relieve pressure from national authorities, notified bodies, manufacturers and other actors and will allow them to fully focus on urgent priorities related to the coronavirus crisis.

Source:  EU Commission

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Are you being requested to provide GTINs for the products that you supply as a part of tenders for healthcare providers?  GS1 Ireland are here to help, we will be bringing you a series of short webinars where we will demystify the GTIN and barcodes, and provide you with the knowledge you need to meet these requirements.

Join our webinar on the 9th of April at 11am "What is a GTIN?" to learn more.